Hey friends! This is a post to follow up on my ZYIA Active experience. I’d encourage you to read about why I decided to become a ZYIA Active rep initially, but this post is the truth about ZYIA after leaving the biz.
I have been OVERWHELMED with emails and comments asking me to follow up on why I left ZYIA Active.
If you were following my journey initially, I was honestly very excited about ZYIA from the start.
But if you’ve been following me for a few years, you know that I did have my reservations after getting burnt by Beachbody and that whole experience.
In my post about why I joined ZYIA Active, I outline some pretty specific differences between Beachbody and ZYIA as companies and their structures/products.
I truly believe that ZYIA could be a good option for some people, but in the end, it felt wrong to me.
So, it’s no secret that I’m no longer a ZYIA rep. I made it two months before pulling the plug. But there’s so much more to it. So let’s dive in.
The Truth About ZYIA (From A Former Rep)
Let me start by saying that I’m all about being authentic and true to oneself. Many of the reasons I left ZYIA are very personal.
But some are major business flaws that I just couldn’t get past. Others are moral, big-picture issues I just couldn’t jive with.
Why I Joined The ZYIA MLM To Begin With
You’d think I’d learn my lesson after failing miserably in the world of Beachbody, but I knew ZYIA was a little different. I think that’s what got me.
Honestly, I was looking for an easy product to sell that would align well with my blog. I’m a personal trainer and fitness blogger – but I knew that Beachbody was super overdone.
ZYIA is a much smaller company with way smaller numbers in the way of reps.
I was tired of not making a lot of money with my business, and I was tired of having to create my own products or figure out something else to sell.
The idea of a community appealed to me, and since workout gear was a seemingly good fit, I was intrigued.
Sweet and short, I was lazy and was wooed by the typical MLM magical money-making spell.
But as you know, I quickly learned the truth about ZYIA Active.
Let’s get into the more specific reasons why I left ZYIA and my personal truth about ZYIA…
If you’ve ever had any MLM experience, you probably know what I felt. ZYIA reps that are trying to recruit you will tell you that there’s no pressure to sell.
(Do what you want with your business! Work when you feel like it!) This is NOT the truth about ZYIA.
This, my friends, is not how MLMs make it. The income of your upline (your team above you) is dependent on YOUR income.
The more you make, the more they make. It’s the entire game. So you will get constant pressure to book more parties, make more sales, cold DM more Instagram strangers, etc.
I don’t know about you, but I DO NOT have the personality for this. It feels dirty, and it is NOT how I like to do things.
*It is NOT just your sponsoring rep that will make you feel this way – the trainings are designed to force you to make “big bucks” in just 60 days. A very unrealistic, uneccesary pressure, if you ask me.
2. Sizing & Quality Inconsistency
ZYIA sizing is strange. A big red flag was when I opened my Starter Kit, tried things on, and some things fit and others didn’t.
Mind you, I ordered things according to their sizing recommendations.
I had three tanks in the same size, but one was extremely tight and unflattering, while the other one fit me okay. The last one was way too loose in the boob/armpit area.
I would NEVER wear these things to the gym.
Next, the leggings were wayyy too long on me. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like my leggings to sit on my shoes all bunched up and loose.
Even the 7/8 length ones were not a good fit – the waistband went up to my bra while the leg holes were super long.
I’m short, but Athleta 7/8 leggings fit me perfect.
*ZYIA’s sizing inconsistency is a big issue because returns and exchanges are NOT easy/streamlined with ZYIA. It’s difficult, costly, and takes a lot of time. It’s basically an embarrassing way to lose customers.
3. Environmental Impact
This is not something I really considered a factor until I understood how ZYIA is structured.
If you’re not already buying ZYIA, you should know that ZYIA bases their marketing and sales off of a “fear of missing out” model. They release new, limited-stock products every Wednesday.
They rely on repeat customers buying new workout gear EVERY WEEK.
For me, it’s one thing to sell leggings to the same people periodically. But it’s another to push your same customers to buy leggings and other gear weekly.
It just feels so wrong to me to push people to consume so much clothing and it’s just so unnecessary.
I care about the environment, and I don’t care if you do or not. The bottom line is that NO ONE needs to buy new clothes weekly.
Honestly, I was underwhelmed by ZYIA’s quality. It certainly wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t better than anything else currently on the market.
In fact, much of the clothing feels very rubbery and strange. I know it’s not super original, but my Nike and Athleta clothes work just fine.
If you’re going to the gym to get things done, not just look good, you should be just fine in anything!
5. Difficult To Sell
Definitely pay attention if you’re skimming! Because this is going to explain the truth about ZYIA in many ways.
First of all, ZYIA is hard to sell because it’s very virtual.
People are unfamiliar with the brand, and with the weird sizing, they want to try things on. That’s great if you know a lot of people and can have in-person parties regularly.
That’s not my thing! I was hoping that I could operate mostly virtually, and that didn’t work.
Secondly, ZYIA themselves make things hard to sell because 1) their website is always down or glitchy, and 2) they are out of stock of things all of the time.
I mean, hopefully they can get themselves together here, but I lost at least two sales because of this. Once they were out of the sizes my customer wanted in a few items, and another time the website just stopped working altogether for a customer mid-order.
Let’s not get into how many times I got stuck on the website from the back-end.
6. Total Loss / No Profit
How much do ZYIA reps make? Good question to ask before you become a rep. In my case, NOTHING! In fact, I am still “in the red” about $400.
(They didn’t even pay me the commission I was owed when I requested to end my rep status. It was only like $20, but still very annoying.)
It costs $395 to get started as a rep, then I spent money on business cards and a little extra clothing for “try ons” and personal inventory.
I only made about $40 back in commissions after two months of parties, Instagram spamming, blog writing, emailing my subscribers, etc.
I have made the personal decision not to do Facebook. It’s something I’d done for my mental health before joining ZYIA (and it was also not serving me at all on blog/business fronts).
But ZYIA basically requires you to use Facebook if you are a rep.
Obviously, you don’t have to go there, but so much of their business model is based on the use of FB, that if you don’t use it, you’re unlikely to be successful.
That’s because basically all virtual parties are held on Facebook. I was pushed to book a FB party once per week, so I spent a lot of time spamming my FB friends and spending unwanted time there.
In the end, ONLY my family humored me and hosted parties or bought from me. It was not worth my time at all.
If you are anti-FB like me, ZYIA might not be a good fit.
8. Stifled Creativity
This is one of those personal things. I felt that ZYIA took all of my energy. It took so much of my time. When everything was said and done, I felt like I’d just spent 2 months scrolling through Facebook.
You know? It felt like a big waste of my time.
It took so much away from the other things I was working on (like this blog and creating my own products). I felt that if I’d put that much time and energy into basically anything else, I would have at least seen some tangible result.
Before joining ZYIA, I was working on my 21-Day Postpartum Challenge. I had planned to launch it in late November.
(From a marketing perspective, launching a fitness product right before the New Year is a no-brainer.)
But I got side-tracked by ZYIA and didn’t launch my product until mid-January. *Facepalm*
The point is that you can expect ZYIA to take a LOT of your time and energy if you want it to be successful.
9. I have a problem with selling someone else’s dream.
The problem with MLMs is that creative people and entrepreneurs like myself end up selling someone else’s product. I know it sounds silly, but I want to be successful because of MYSELF.
The truth about ZYIA is that you’re going to be hustling to make someone else rich.
Let’s say, for example, that I’d been successful with ZYIA. While I’d like to think I was self-made, I’d still be selling someone else’s product, and ultimately be working for someone else.
Now, let’s say that ZYIA went out of business suddenly (because it could). I’d lose everything I’d built and have no control over anything! No thanks!
If I’m being honest, I feel like I could probably rant further on the truth about ZYIA.
But at the risk of sounding bitter, I’ll just leave it at this: ZYIA just wasn’t a good fit for me.
If you are a creative or have an entrepreneurial spirit, I want to encourage you to “do your own thing.” Explore how others are doing it (for me it’s blogging and slowly making my own products).
When I started blogging 6 years ago, I had NO idea how to do it. But I was encouraged by the fact that people in all niches, from all walks of life, were making money and doing what they enjoyed.
(I used Siteground to start this very blog. Affiliate link.)
That can be YOU too, my friend!
That being said, I have a bunch of free resources to help you get the ball rolling. Take a look:
- How I’m Making Money (& Losing Weight!) With A Blog
- How To Start A Blog: Step-By-Step Guide
- How To Make Money Blogging in 2020
- Can You Really Make Money With A Fitness Blog?
I also want to let you know that I have a free blog-startup ebook and a bunch of fitness-related resources on my freebie page!
So, now that you know the truth about ZYIA, how do you feel about joining?
Let me know what you think about the ZYIA MLM after your research!
Thanks for stopping by,